[This is the first section of chapter 1 of the book.]
Genesis is a Greek word. It means beginnings. Although the Old Testament
was written in Hebrew, there was a Greek translation of the
Old Testament called the Septuagint, translated about 280 to 200 BC. In
this work, the first book is called Genesis.
As a Greek word, elements of Genesis appear in English words, especially
technical words. Thus, genetics is a study of species’ origins. We also
see the word in such English words as generation, and genealogy.
Many people will start to read the Bible from Genesis, because it is
the first book. If we made no consideration of any studies outside the
Bible, we would expect Genesis to lay down the foundations for beliefs,
history, and doctrine in the rest of the Bible. It is my contention that
it is impossible to understand the rest of the Bible while ignoring this
Yet there are many scholars today who attempt to explain away the
Book of Genesis. It is described by many as a myth, as legend, as moral
teaching, as allegory, or as literature or poetry. Indeed, it is probably not
an exaggeration to say that most evangelical scholars have given up on a
literal, six 24-hour period creation of the world less than ten thousand
years ago, in favor of theories that attempt to harmonize millions of years
into the Genesis account. It will be one of the purposes of this study to
challenge such aberrations of biblical interpretation.
I sometimes spend time in Christian bookshops, thumbing through
the initial few pages of books, to see what position on the creation account
is taken by authors. So that there is no confusion, let me set out
my belief on this matter right now. This might not be the scholarly way
of treating an argument. Some of you want me to examine all sides of the
argument first, then tentatively come down off the fence. I believe that
the position I take is inherently sound and have not been afraid to argue
the issues elsewhere in this study. But for now, let’s make a statement, so
that those of you scanning the first couple of pages can find what you
want to see.